Money Available to Vermont Communities for Hazard Mitigation

Money is once again available for Vermont communities for the purpose of mitigating the effects of future disasters on public infrastructure and some private property. The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) is now accepting a new round of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) applications from towns and agencies in all Vermont counties

Residents and property owners invited to provide views on desired development of Route 7...

Shelburne planning officials are inviting local residents and property owners to take part in a series of public meetings regarding the development of properties along the Route 7 corridor. The public input gained at the meetings—which take place February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Shelburne’s historic Town Hall —will guide consultants hired to write new “Form Based” zoning regulations for consideration by the Selectboard

Neighbors Work Together to Protect Panton Farmland from Development

Ed and Beverly Biello were not considering conservation when they bought a home and land in Panton in 2000. Their property had scenic views of Lake Champlain with good access from Adams Ferry Road so they looked into selling house lots. The fate of the land changed after the Biellos were approached by the Allens, neighboring farmers who were interested in buying all the land to support their dairy farm. To make such prime land affordable for farming, the Biellos sold a conservation easement on 104 acres to the Vermont Land Trust before selling the land to the Allens.

225 Acres in Hinesburg Conserved and Donated to UVM

The late Henry H. Carse spent much of his life in service to Vermonters. For decades, he served in the Vermont legislature, as the town moderator, and the town school director. Now, through his family, his legacy of service will continue in the form of a new 225-acre natural area that was conserved with the Vermont Land Trust and donated to the University of Vermont by way of the UVM Foundation

Forestland, Natural Features, and Habitat Conserved in Sharon

Anne and Peter Silberfarb bought their property in the 1960s. Over the past 50 years they have been committed to stewarding the land’s ecologically rich forests and wetlands. This month, they donated a conservation easement to the Vermont Land Trust on 196 acres of the property, ensuring that it will remain undeveloped for generations to come.

Conservation Easement Helps Connect Other Protected Land

Anne Sincerbeaux of Hartland donated a conservation easement to the Vermont Land Trust on 38 acres of woodland that connects two significant stretches of conserved land in Hartland and Woodstock.

Devino Family Conserves Farm in Milton

Milton - December 16, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Devino family conserved 170 acres of their prominent farm on North Road with the Vermont Land Trust on December 13, 2013. This is the fifth property in Milton to be conserved by the Vermont Land Trust.

Blackmer Family Conserves Hill Farm on Taylor Road in Tunbridge

Tunbridge - December 13, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Donald Blackmer and his late wife, Joan, purchased their Tunbridge hill farm in 1972. Since then, several generations of the Blackmer family have enjoyed the land’s trails, rolling pastureland, northern hardwood forest, and its mid-nineteenth century farmhouse. To permanently protect the land from development, the family donated a conservation easement on the 50-acre property to the Vermont Land Trust

AG announces two settlements for lead

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 8, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Two Vermont landlords have agreed to bring their rental properties in Springfield and Poultney into compliance with the Vermont Lead in Housing law. Landlords Allyn Bruce and Betty Battles have each entered into a settlement with the Vermont Attorney General for failure to perform lead compliance checks and to perform essential maintenance practices required by The two settlements are the latest in an ongoing campaign to bring properties into compliance with the Lead in Housing Law.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 17, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Officials in the Town of Georgia recently determined that two properties in their town have lost value because of their proximity to a utility-scale wind project.

Shulman Siblings Conserve Land in Foothills of Mt. Anthony

Bennington - October 3, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- More than 15 years ago, Albert and Rachel Shulman began talking to the Vermont Land Trust about conserving their land located at the end of Pleasant Valley Road. After they passed away, their four children decided to conserve a 261-acre portion of the property.

Conservation and Historic Preservation Go Hand in Hand at New Turner Hill WMA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 11, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), and the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development are celebrating the opening of the Turner Hill Wildlife Management Area, located in Athens and Grafton, on Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The celebration will include brief presentations and tours exploring the natural and cultural history of the property. Light refreshments will be served.

Governor Shumlin signs law to strengthen Vermont’s downtowns

RUTLAND - June 3, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed a bill into law that improves the state’s Downtown, Village Center, and Neighborhood Designation programs, as well as reducing the cost to develop new housing in and around designated villages and downtowns. In addition, the new law improves blighted properties

IDX Broker now displays Vermont properties with ease on IDX-enabled website

EUGENE, OR - April 15, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- IDX, Inc. welcomes South Burlington, Vermont broker Kelly Fiske to the growing network of real estate agents and brokers who have adopted a customizable IDX solution for their professional websites. As a member of the Northern New England Real Estate Network (NNEREN), Fiske has long had access to thousands of detailed property listings. Now, her clients and other area home seekers attain the benefit of viewing the same listings that were once classified as available only to Realtors, via her IDX-enabled search page


MONTPELIER, VT - April 5, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- A 355-acre forest which includes a variety of popular trails used for hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing will be protected as the Barre Town Forest, The Trust for Public Land and the U.S. Forest Service announced today.

Gov. Shumlin: Homeowners Complete Home Buyout Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 27, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that more than a year-and-a-half after they watched their homes destroyed by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene and other floods in 2011, three families have closed on the sale of their properties as part of the FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), completing the home buyout process. The three -- two from Bethel and one from Bolton -- are the first to complete the HMGP process and receive compensation for their washed out homes. HMGP provides federal funds for towns to buy properties in flood-prone areas to avoid future damage

Bill Introduced In House and Senate To Improve Veterans Groups Access To Surplus Federal...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 15, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Tom Carper (D-DE) and Congressman Dan Benishek (R-MI-01) and Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA-26) have introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would improve veterans groups’ access to surplus personal property donated by the federal government

Gov. Shumlin Announces Plan for Homeowners Ineligible for FEMA Buyouts – CDBG Disaster Recovery...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 13, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that the state will use CDBG Disaster Recovery funds to cover 75 percent of the cost to towns of buying out homes that have been found to be ineligible for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.



MONTPELIER, VT - April 28, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The recession hasn’t made finding affordable housing for average Vermonters any easier, according to a new report released today.